Probe Newsletter Archive Index to Volume III (12/93 – 11/94)


January 6, 2020

Probe—David Zimmerman’s newsletter on science, media, policy and health—was published monthly from October 1991 through April 2001. An award-winning writer, he wrote the “Your Family Health” column in the Ladies Home Journal for 12 years as well as many articles for Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and other popular magazines. His Zimmerman’s Complete Guidebook to Nonprescription Drugs (1983, 1993) was a masterpiece.

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Issue #03-01, December 1, 1993

  • Exclusive: Scientific ‘misconduct’ investigators discover pitfalls in ad hoc methods
  • Gallo charges dropped; he’s unhappy
  • Follow-up: Healing and the Mind / Fetzer Inst itute
  • Review in Nature buoys our spirits
  • Low-calorie diet claims debunked; dieters’ lost pounds are soon regained
  • Politicizing AIDS cost many lives; breast cancer politicking may, too
  • Conflicting public health strategies defined
  • ‘Misconduct’ process is badly flawed and damages scientists and citizens

Issue #03-02, January 1, 1994

  • AIDS researchers shift course
  • Follow-up: The weasel word ||| Drugs for violence? ||| Self-destruct syringes
  • Health resolutions offered for new year
  • ‘Flaws’ killed science cops’ bellwether case
  • Times story on a cloning experiment cloned many more fears than facts
  • Send in the clones
  • Record rebalanced
  • New paradigm links genes and violence
  • Critic warns: Novelty in medicine may be bad news

Iss4e #03-03, February 1, 1994

  • The lady or the tiger: DNA tests pose deadly dilemma
  • Test sources are listed in new ‘helix’ directory
  • Follow-up: Saying what you mean ||| Bioethical blues
  • Gene is linked to serotonin and to suicide
  • Acupuncturist needles patient and sceptics on ‘Donahue’ show
  • Consumer Reports offers a (somewhat) pointed assessment
  • Reporter’s book on ‘Baltimore Affair’ is informative, but critically flawed
  • Unwritten pages…
  • Nicotine is find a medicinal use
  • Tourette’s talk
  • Contrasting ways to build DNA test public policy are listed
  • Second Fold

Issue #03-04, March 1, 1994

  • Pro-life throws down gauntlet to NIH on human embryology
  • Nature imposes strict limits on embryo studies
  • Clinton Health Watch: Harkin amendment would fund science
  • Follow-up: Genes, violence, & race:
  • ‘Afrocentric’ theories debunked as pseudoscientific tools of hate
  • Ethical questions raised: Infertility patients say they would give their extra embryos to basic research
  • Foreign countries, now ahead of U.S., provide models for embryo regulations
  • Charge that embryologists seek ape surrogate moms is called monkey business
  • Science chiefs gingerly knock fed’s fumbling
  • ‘Scientific misconduct’ reaches a turning point
  • Cheating is science’s business, but crime belongs to the law
  • Is doing science like making sausage?
  • Second Fold

Issue #03-05, April 1, 1994

  • Major broadsheets bow to hysteria in coverage of breast cancer fraud
  • Follow-up: Taken to task ||| A softy on needles ||| Nuclear protection
  • ‘Band’ plays sour notes
  • Clinton Health Watch: Few are uninsured due to prior illness
  • Many health politicies don’t cover bills, new study discovers
  • Anti-science eggheads are fired
  • Tart words from Levvitt and Gross’ new book ‘Higher Superstition’
  • Authors called smart, naive – and dishonest
  • What PROBE reported
  • The Times sows fear – then harvests it
  • Surgeon admits guilt, but claims honorable intent
  • Second Fold

Issue #03-06, May 1, 1994

  • Deaths and bowel pain alleged: Legal snarl allows laxative to be sold as a ‘dieters tea’
  • Herbs are news
  • Follow-up: Cancer hearing is political show
  • Angry activists beseech Dingell to validate researchers’ findings
  • Tea is flavorful food, company says

Issue #03-07, June 1, 1994

  • Genetic advances outpace efforts to craft new ethical paradigm
  • Jews and Cajuns finding benefit in Tay-Sachs tests
  • Follow-up: Winners & sinners ||| The price of tea ||| Speaking of sauna
  • ‘Encyclopedia of Violence’ dissects our social woes
  • Media flunks breast scare follow-up test
  • Lumpectomy results remain solid
  • Danger and waste seen in new genetics
  • Video explores gene tests’ painful burden
  • Somalian fights genital mutilation with her wrenching film ‘Fire Eyes’

Issue #03-08, July 1, 1994

  • Experts warn: Stricter fossil fuel rules needed
  • DNA may not be needed in Simpson case
  • Times discovers the irrational
  • Scientists and reporters snookered in animal rights role-playing game
  • Young people, women oppose animal studies
  • Global warming studies: A (brief) look at how eco-scientists work
  • Dirt plots are plumbed for data on hazards of greenhouse gases
  • Arctic grayling will swim in ‘treadmill’ for energy study
  • Eager novies are having fun doing science
  • Surveyors’ marker trees help write history of New England’s woodlands
  • Jerky reserach rule raises scientists’ ire

Issue #03-09, August 1, 1994

  • Special report: Americans eat tons of vitamins; medicinal claims still unproven
  • New studies discount antioxidants’ benefits
  • Follow-up: Better not to be born? ||| Gene tests prompt ‘gene wars’
  • Quacks diagnosed as psychopaths or true believers
  • Is is megadose time?
  • Expert makes a case against antioxidants
  • Folic acid needed to prevent birth defects

Issue #03-10, September 1, 1994

  • Public is scientifically illiterate, federally-funded study shows
  • Smithsonian Institution’s new science exhibit is prety much brainless
  • Follow-up: Self-destruct needles
  • Congress targets space invaders, as rogue microbe research lags
  • Rx for science students: Replace rote learning’ with thinking
  • Institutions made legally liable for their researchers’ misconduct
  • Surgeon sues to clean his name; research colleagues join his suit
  • Science groups are not involved in consent case
  • Genital mutilation may be easier to tame than to ban, Israelis say

Issue #03-11, October 1, 1994

  • Supreme Court will not allow brainless ‘Baby Girl K’ to die
  • Scientists are starting to fight back!
  • Clinton Health Watch: Medical centers shaken by HMO-genization
  • Was cost the main concern?
  • Follow-up: Smithsonian’s antiscientism
  • Conflicts emerge on controls for gene tests
  • Experts propose testing guidelines
  • FDA is asked to ban homeopathic drugs
  • Homeopathy: What is it?
  • All life is driven by innate clocks
  • Rep. Schroeder tells by clitoridectomy is legally wrong

Issue #03-12, December 1, 1994

  • Fed’s investigator testifies: Major scientific misconduct cases were ‘biased’ against the defendants
  • Dingell is done in
  • Follow-up: FDA disses Dieter’s Tea
  • Campus detective helps track down fugitive Animal Liberation ‘terrorist’
  • Professors hail science, seek scientists’ help
  • ‘Scholars’ mostly white males
  • Stanford pact deflates charges of misconduct
  • Science, freedom are closely linked historian declares
  • Science and the law are separate realms
  • Misconduct panel, seeking reform, has several agendas
  • Fairness on 43rd St.? ‘Bias’ charge ignored
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